Eleven surfboards adorned with the work of South African artists raised R377 000 for ocean charities at the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival this week.
A special collaboration between former world surfing champion Shaun Tomson and recent Standard Bank Artist of the Year winner Blessing Ngobeni fetched the highest price – the surfboard was sold for R75, 000. The proceeds went to the Sabrina Foundation, which cares for children with special needs.
Driven by the comedic cajoling of funny man Rob van Vuuren, bidders at Jack Black’s Taproom, bidders raised their hands for works by Brett Murray, Karabo Poppy, Lionel Smit, Grace Cross, Heath Nash, Jake Aikman, Kate Arthur, Lucie de Moyencourt, and Michael Chandler. Rock musician Arno Carstens turned out earlier in the evening to see his scarab beetle-inspired board, which was also sold at the auction.
In a personalised video sent to festival organisers ahead of the auction, California-based Tomson said: “Wishing you great success with the fundraiser. The Wavescape festival and the Sabrina Foundation are both doing amazing work.”
See the video https://youtu.be/hZeWhQ_8INk
The other beneficiaries of the project are the NSRI, Shark Spotters, 9Miles Project, Adaptive Surfing South Africa, Ocean Pledge, and the Beach Co-op.
About Wavescape Art Board Project
The Wavescape Art Board Project has been raising awareness and funds for ocean-related charities since 2005. Each year, we invite artists to turn signature surfboards into works of art for an exhibition and special auction. The Cape Town leg of the Project has been hosted by various contemporary art galleries, cafes and studio spaces over the years.
In September 2012, the Project was launched in New York. The 2019 iteration takes place at Jack Black’s Tap Room, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River.
The main beneficiaries of the project are the NSRI, Shark Spotters, 9Miles Project, Adaptive Surfing South Africa, Ocean Pledge, the Sabrina Foundation, and the Beach Co-op.
The Project is run by the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival, which is presented by Vans, with support from the South African PET Plastic Recycling Company, Jack Black Beer, Cape Town and Western Cape Film and Media Promotion (a division of Wesgro), Long Beach Capital, York, Gone, and the UK Government’s Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) who manage the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP).
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WAVESCAPE REMAINING LINEUP
Sat 30 Nov – Clifton 4th Beach Screening, 20:00
Mon 2 Dec – Slide Night, Centre for the Book, 19:00
Wed 4 Dec – Changing Oceans Master Class, InvestSA One Stop Shop, 18:30
Thu 5-8 Dec – Film Festival, Labia Theatre, 18:15 and 20.30
Thu 5 Dec – Vans Night, 20:30
Fri 6 Dec – “Plastic China” screening with The Beach Co-op, 18:15
Fri 6 Dec – York Night, 20.30
Sat 7 Dec – All Africa Night, 20:30
Sun 8 Dec – Gone Night, 20:30
Other 2019 Highlights
Slide Night: the following speakers present 10 minute talks – scientist Sarah Andreotti on the latest white shark research, comedian Nik Rabinowitz on his mystery mission, ocean therapy advocate Dr Helgo Schomer, surfboard hobbyist Warren Talbot, scientist Jannes Landschoff on amazing ocean discoveries around Cape Town, the evocative photos of Caleb Bjergvelt, SANBI student Loyiso Dunga on his ocean journey to healing, and SA surfing champion Tasha Mentasti on women in surfing.
Clifton 4th beach film screening: Starts at 20h00, this feast of family orientated surf films and ocean shorts will inspire and entertain on the eve of another Cape Town summer season.
Partners: Vans, Jack Black Beer PETCO, the South African PET Plastic Recycling Company, Long Beach Capital, York Surf, Gone. Wesgro, UK Government’s Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP)
Beneficiaries: NSRI, Shark Spotters, The Beach Co-op, Ocean Pledge, 9Miles Project, Adaptive Surfers of South Africa, Roxy Foundation, Sentinel Ocean Alliance, The Sabrina Foundation.
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